Deserted camp, near Broad Arrow, Western Australia.

Holga (w/ 35mm back)
Kodak 35mm film (black and white)
First lot of holga shots (apart from the roll of film where the back fell off and wrecked it) – best of a bad bunch really, but they have a nice vintage look to them I reckon.

I would have liked to have used 120 film, because I like how it looks, but we can’t get it processed in town – closest place is 600km away, and I have to package it up and send it, so I gave the 35mm a go just to see if it’d actually work.

I’ve cropped the original and added a frame, just to finish it off a bit.


holga, abandoned, goldrush, toy, film, outback, 35mm, bnw, goldmining, black and white, western australia, melissa drummond

Born in Victoria, now living in the outback of Western Australia, I love nature, music, and photography. I’m passionate about our environment, sustainability, and documenting the impact we’ve had on the planet.

I shoot both digital and film, and have a quirky collection of toy and vintage cameras that are a lot of fun to experiment with.

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  • Sandy Sutton
    Sandy Suttonover 4 years ago

    This is great, Melissa. The water tank is sooo outback! I love the look.

  • thanks Sandy – glad you like it! If you saw where the water tank was, it really is the outback :)

    – Melissa Drummond

  • LouJay
    LouJayover 4 years ago

    It does work brilliantly! I am a sucker for tanks and corrugated metal – like the framing too.

  • Thanks Lou – I’m really grateful for the feedback, because I wasn’t sure whether to add some of the holga shots or not. They’re not everyone’s cup of tea, and I wasn’t sure if it was just me who liked the look of them! Considering it’s a plastic heap that falls apart easily I was happily surprised they turned out!

    – Melissa Drummond

  • Tania Palermo
    Tania Palermoover 4 years ago

    I was just going to write to you how much I am liking your processing on this b&w image…and then I read that it is film….no wonder!!! This is brilliant.

  • Tania, I really appreciate the kind words – thanks heaps!

    – Melissa Drummond

    BIRGlTTAover 4 years ago

    Yeah I’m with Tania here. The tonal range here is fantastic!

  • Thanks Birgitta – gotta love the plastic fantastic :)

    – Melissa Drummond

  • Trish Woodford
    Trish Woodfordover 4 years ago

    These images definitely have a certain quality about them, have really enjoyed seeing them :))

  • Glad you like them, Trish – I was pretty surprised by the way they turned out. As my other half, Matt, said – to look at the camera it’s amazing it even stays together, let alone takes a decent photo :)

    – Melissa Drummond

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